Butterflies are now starting to show up in greater abundance in the front yard. Yesterday, every time I walked out the door, I saw a Tiger Swallowtail nipping nectar on the butterfly bush.
Like this beautiful male with his bold tiger stripes…
…and this lovely female, who is missing one of her tails, a fate that is common for this type of butterfly. You can tell she is a female because of the prominent band of blue she displays.
As a bonus, another female showed up, only this one is what is called a “Dark Morph” variety. Female Tiger Swallowtails come in two different colors, yellow or bluish-black, both of which are a treat to behold.
Enjoying their beauty as they go from blossom to blossom is one of those simple pleasures in life.